Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has finally slapped journalist Peter Fote who works for state broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) a one year suspension in any football related activities after his “acceptance” of guilt for offering Benin technical information on how they could beat Malawi.
FAM chief executive officer Suzgo Nyirenda said the resolution was made at the Executive Committee meeting held on August 9, 2014 at the Chiwembe Technical Centre.
Nyirenda said :“Fam [has] resolved to ban [Fote] for one year from all football related activities, including reporting and football commentary activities”.
The football body has warned Fote that the ban will be extended if the broadcaster breaches any of the ban conditions.
“The ban is as a result of your acceptance that the purported texts came from you. Fam is hereby warning you that any breach to this ban stipulation will result in life ban from all football activities and you are seriously warned to desist from this conduct. We trust that this is orderly” reads the letter addressed to Forte dated August 13th 2014.
Fote’s text purportedly meant to be sent to a Benin FA high-ranking official mistakenly went to Flames liaison officer James Sangala.
“Hie boss this is a journalist who travelled with the Malawi team and I just wanted to say may the Almighty God bless you abundantly for helping me. I will, in return, pay you by assisting you with information to beat Malawi at home. Let’s talk, I am ready to do anything for you boss,” reads part of the text.
Fote was summoned for a hearing last week.